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10 free events for kids in February


Making memories with your kids doesn't have to be expensive. Here are ten events around town this month that are completely free: 1. 26th Annual Kids' Ice Fishing Clinics

Saturday, February 11, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Dress for the weather and get ready to attend your choice of clinics held in seven parks. In most cases, clinics are held at park lagoons. Free fishing instruction including safety, knot tying, proper equipment and techniques. Clinics are geared towards children 15 years and younger, and small children must be accompanied by an adult. The clinics are taught by members of local fishing clubs. Clinics will begin every hour starting at 9 a.m., with the last session starting at 2 p.m. Fishing equipment is available, but bring your own rod and reel if you have one. No pre-registration required.

Milwaukee County Parks

Brown Deer Park 7835 N. Green Bay Rd.

Dineen Park 6901 W. Vienna St.

Humboldt Park 3000 S. Howell Ave.

Kosciuszko Park 2201 S. 7th St.

McCarty Park - wheelchair accessible 8214 W. Cleveland Scout Lake - Wheelchair Accessible 5902 W. Loomis Rd.

Waukesha County Parks

Menomonee Park/Lannon Quarry W220 N7884 Town Line Road, (1/2 mile north of Good Hope Rd, Menomonee Falls) Friends of WCFSO. No park entrance fee will be charged.

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2. Milwaukee Ballet Superhero Ballet "Space Case"

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2:00 PM

Jodi Peck Center – 504 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204

Milwaukee Ballet’s MBII Dancers and the Department of Community Engagement present Space Case! Episode 3 in our superhero ballet series starring The Corps of 4 and Ballerina Karina. Haven’t seen Episodes 1 and 2? Fear not! This show is designed for first time viewers and is packed full of athleticism, excitement and fun! The superheroes take a trip to another galaxy and get stuck on a planet that desperately needs their help. With a focus on the STEAM educational concepts and the fusion of science and the arts, the stellar superheroes must use their skills to problem solve and make peace. This original show was created at Milwaukee Ballet and written, choreographed and designed by our Community Engagement team. Ballerina Karina, Kickstar, Major Jump, The Pirouette Threat and Power Lift know that the arts are a powerful force. Will the lifeforms on another planet see it that way?

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3. Three Bridges Park Self-guided Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, February 25th

9:30 - 12:00

Urban Ecology Center (Menomonee Valley 3700 W. Pierce Milwaukee, WI 53214)

Try this self-guided scavenger hunt for kids and adults. Bring your friends and try to find tracks in the snow. For adults and children ages 5 and older. Free (donations appreciated).

This is a drop-in Program, no registration necessary.

4. Storytime at the Milwaukee County Winter Farmer's Market

Saturday, February 18th

9:00-1:00

Every Saturday in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) you can join nearly 50 vendors weekly for Milwaukee's premier winter farmers market. Featuring local produce, bakery, honey, meat, cheese, eggs, canned goods, handmade soaps, prepared foods, sweets, and more! There’s free parking and admission to the market.

Check out storytime on select Saturdays, including Saturday, February 18th. The book is "If You Love Honey—Nature’s Connections" by Martha Sullivan and Cathy Morrison. Discovery how honey is a sweet gift from nature. It’s not just for humans, but for critters like earthworms and plants like mushrooms.

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5. Urban Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike in Three Bridges Park

Saturday, February 25th

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Three Bridges Park

Bundle up and experience winter adventure in a whole new light at the first ever Urban Candlelight Hike in Three Bridges Park! Two miles of the Hank Aaron State Trail will be lit with candlelight for hiking or snowshoeing. There are various lengths and trails are lit from 5:30-8:30pm. The event will take place with or without snow. Enjoy a roaring campfire & free marshmallow roasting.

New to Three Bridges Park? Or prefer to hike in a group? Join Urban Ecology Center staff on a guided hike through the park -we’ll do the 3/4 mile loop as we chat about the history of the park and get to know one another. Walks begin and end at the Urban Ecology Center.

Warm up with an all-you-can-eat pizza dinner buffet & drink specials by a toasty wood-fired pizza oven at Pizzeria 3301 at Villa Palermo -$10 adults and $6 kids (12 & under) Rishi Tea Tasting at Pizzeria 3301 Don’t forget dessert!

The Urban Ecology Center will have free hot chocolate on tap and churros for dipping! Bring your thermos to save on waste and to take your hot chocolate on your walk.

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6. Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts Family Fun Day (all ages) (Free!)

Sunday, February 12th

12:00-4:00

Family Fun Days provide a special opportunity to see the new exhibit completely for free and to do some fun activities at the museum. Check out the new exhibit "Hexagon Quilts", along with free, fun activities and games for the whole family. There will be a raffle, a scavenger hunt, tours from our curator, crafts, a community art project that will be on display in the museum during the entire exhibit, fiber art activities, games and more. This is a chance to learn about the fun of hexagons, using scraps to make beautiful things, and the power of shapes.

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7. Free Family Day at Lynden Sculpture Garden

February 26, 2017

10:00am - 4:00pm

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Thanks to the generosity of the Knitting Knook, Lynden opens its doors to the community for a February Free Family Day. This celebrations coincides with the February Fiber Fest Finale. Peruse the Fiber Fest photo journal, or simply enjoy Lynden's many winter pleasures.

Knitters and aspiring knitters of all ages and abilities are welcome to join thelong knitathon and yarnstorming (think cowls for trees). Yarn, needles, and instruction provided, but feel free to bring your own to this communal event. (If you have a small stock of yarn or some spare needles you would like to contribute, you are welcome to drop them off in advance at Lynden.)

Expect some treats from Knitting Knook, including special discount coupons, patterns, and door prizes. Knitting circles, solo knitters, and neophytes all welcome.

Hot cider and cookies will be provided.

8. Aquinas Academy Sunday Funday Open House

Sunday, February 12th

1:00-4:00

Aquinas Academy (N72W15935 Good Hope Road, Menomonee Falls, WI)

Aquinas Academy, a private K3-8th grade school, is hosting a "Sunday Funday" with a bouncy house, snacks, and activities for the children. Casual School Tours will be available and informational sessions about their Classical Curriculum will be offered at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. Enjoy a fun day indoors with the kids during the cold winter months!

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9. Kids Build Workshop

Saturday, February 18th

10:00 a.m.

Southeast Wisconsin Carpentry Training Center, N25 W23055 Paul Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

Give your child the opportunity to make creative wood projects, as well as build their skills and confidence.

The workshops are limited to 30 kids each month, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Council staff and members will be on hand to help children make their projects and learn new skills.

Projects may include the following: small bench, bookends, tool box, key holder/jewelry hanger, candy dispenser, planter, birdhouse, etc. Tools will be supplied and there are no fees to participate. Children will be able to take their projects home to enjoy, along with a certificate of project completion. Events are free but children must register.

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10. Winter Festival in Cedarburg

February 18-19th

8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Washington Ave. in Cedarburg

Dust off your mardi gras masks and beads for Cedarburg’s 2017 Winter Festival on Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19, 2017. Festivities will take place throughout the heart of Cedarburg on Washington Avenue from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For those ready to get outside, outdoor fun includes themed costumed bed races, themed ice carving competitions, parades and sporting events. For festgoers ready to test their endurance, barrel rolling, sledding, ice skating, and camel rides might be in order. Indoor fun includes chili contests, music, beer tasting and a dodgeball tournament!

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